baked fish and chips NYT

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categories: [fish] [nyt]

Melissa Clark version

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
1 1/3 cups panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons minced thyme
1 large garlic clove, grated on a microplane or minced
1 teaspoon black pepper, more as needed
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 pounds skinless hake, cod or other white fish fillets, cut into 1-inch-thick strips
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed

(Chip directions left out — see original for chips.)

  • Place a large rimmed baking sheet on the lower oven rack and heat oven to 500 degrees.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil. Stir in panko, thyme, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until crumbs are evenly dark golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer immediately to a bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together mustard and eggs. Place flour in a third bowl.

  • Grease an oven-safe wire rack with oil and place it over another rimmed baking sheet. Season fish with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge each piece of fish in the flour, then mustard mixture, then panko mixture, making sure it is well coated with each one before moving to the next. Transfer fish to the wire rack. (You can bread the fish up to 4 hours ahead; store in the refrigerator, uncovered, either on the rack or just on a plate.)

  • Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and transfer the pan, with the fish still on the wire rack, to oven’s top rack. Bake until fish is flaky and golden, about 10 to 15 minutes more.